Securing a sustainable future for Third Sector Organisations & Social Enterprises
Our region has a flourishing Third Sector which contributes to our vibrant communities. We aim to secure its future through an exciting new programme of support to create sustainable organisations.
Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services has joined together with the County Councils in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea and the County Voluntary Councils in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea to form a unique partnership to combine resources for the success of the project. The partnership draws together expertise and experience to share best practice across the region. This project has been part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and is led by Carmarthenshire County Council.
The Collaborative Communities project will build on the excellent support already provided and offer advice and guidance in new areas such as:
- New skills to manage your organisation
- Ways to move from grants to trading
- Development of Social Enterprise
Do you have an exciting idea for a project, organisation or a Social Enterprise, but need some help and advise to get started?
Our team is ready to unlock this potential and help new ventures become a reality. Let us help you get those ideas off the ground.
Secure Your Future
Do you feel your organisation is ready to expand?
Do you want to become more sustainable and generate new income streams?
Would you like to increase your social impact or create more jobs?
Our locally based development officers provide support in a wide range of areas such as:
- Developing business plans
- Legal structures
- Trading – moving away from grant dependency
- Market research and marketing plans
- HR and good employment practice
- Assistance with premises
- Feasibility studies
- Financial management and budgeting
- Fundraising options and strategy
- Environmental sustainability
- Equal opportunities
- Tender readiness and procurement
Please contact your local support team
Lorna Livock,Wendy Marmara and Anne Isaac on (01437) 769 422 or e-mail email@example.com
or visit the Collaborative Communities website:
Are you a social enterprise?
There are at least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK generating more than £27 billion turnover.
Wales has about 600 organisations with a turnover of £158 million, employing some 3,000 people.
These dynamic businesses are founded for a social purpose, reinvest their profits in the organisation or community - and change lives for the better everyday.
Many are registered charities, all are trading. Some are businesses which generate all their income from trading; others are organisations which trade but also receive grants and donations.
Trading is not just about buying and selling goods, it can include:-
- hiring out space
- charging for services eg training
- having a contract eg for day care, benefits advice or recycling services
So, you may be running one or more social enterprises in Pembrokeshire right now!
Report on Economic Inactivity in Pembrokeshire
A Summary of Information Sources
and Data Trends for Pembrokeshire
If you require information on economic
inactivity / assisting adults aged 26+ into active employment or
related training / supportive activity this report is for you.
It should be particular useful for bids for EU Convergence and other
funding opportunities for Social Enterprises such as Social Firms
/ schemes that create opportunities for people disadvantaged in
the labour market.
The report is for use by all parties including social enterprises, local voluntary and community organisations, support organisations, and public bodies. It is issued in electronic format and readers are welcome to extract from the report to support their bids (with acknowledgement to PAVS of course!)
The final report is now completed. If you would like a copy
of the report please contact PAVS.
CHARITY TRADING GUIDANCE
Charity Commission has published its revised guidance on charities
and trading to help charities avoid the potential risks of trading
and get the most out of their trading activities, while also complying
with their legal and fiscal requirements.
trade and tax - how charities may lawfully trade, has been
developed in response to the Better Regulation Commission's call
for clear guidance on the subject, and with input from HMRC and
representatives from key charities. The guidance provides clear
answers to the questions most commonly asked by charities and reflects
the latest tax and VAT position, as well as setting out a more flexible
policy for funding and investing in trading companies.
Health and Social Care Social Enterprises
All over the UK Social Enterprises are developing either as a result of a new idea in the community or as spin offs or trading arms of charities. Another way in which Social Enterprises are setting up is as a result of existing services in statutory agencies such as health and social services externalising services and looking to the not for profit sector to provide them rather than private businesses.
The early results of this have been impressive, with improved financial management and increased staffing levels. In some cases the aspiring service provider has taken the initiative and developed a successful alternative service to the one offered by the health or social service agency. A 60 page report has just been published by the UK Social Enterprise Coalition giving examples of progress with these developments including Turning Point, Local Care Direct, Sunderland Home Care Associates and The Big Life Company.
A free copy of the report is yours at www.socialenterprise.org.uk/documents/Healthy_Business.pdf
Charities thinking about developing a new enterprise
If you are an enterprising charity about to develop a new the project the following document issued in November 2006 could help you prepare the ground and get started.
“Is it a Good Idea ? : A Guide for Charities Considering New Social Enterprise Activity”
The report was written by Jean Barclay of CASS Business School and is available at
are a range of other really useful websites and reports but there
are too many to put here and some will not suit your needs.
Please contact PAVS for details of what is available.